Mexico, Olmec style (1200-300 BC) / Celt with Deity / 1000-300 BCMexico, Olmec style (1200-300 BC)
Celt with Deity
1000-300 BC

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mexican
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Olmec style (1200-300 BC)
Title: Celt with Deity
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -100
Creation End Date: -30
Creation Date: 1000-300 BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Stone
Dimensions: Overall: 32.2cm x 13.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1954.856
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Style or Period: Mexico, Olmec style (1200-300 BC)

This ceremonial object has the head of a deity and a body shaped like an axe blade (celt) used to clear land for agriculture. The flared mouth, toothless gums, and fangs are typical of Olmec supernatural beings. The meaning of the body's 'four-dots-and-a-bar' motif is unclear, but it sometimes appears in depictions of plants. The deity, then, seems to be associated with fertility.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1954.856
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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